Nearly all history teachers are interested in how new technology might be used to improve teaching and learning in history. However, not all history departments have had the time, expertise and guidance which would enable them to fully explore the wide range of ways in which ICT might help them to teach their subject more effectively.
This much-needed collection offers practical guidance and examples of the ways in which new technology can enhance pupil engagement in the subject, impact on knowledge retention, get pupils learning outside the history classroom, and help them to work collaboratively using a range of Web 2.0 applications.
The chapters, written by experienced practitioners and experts in the field of history education and ICT, explore topics such as:
- how to design web interactivities for your pupils
- what can you accomplish with a wiki
- how to get going in digital video editing
- what to do with the VLE?
- making best use of the interactive whiteboard
- designing effective pupil webquests
- digital storytelling in history
- making full use of major history websites
- using social media.
Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History is essential reading for all trainee, newly qualified and experienced teachers of history. It addresses many of the problems, barriers and dangers which new technology can pose, but it also clearly explains and exemplifies the wide range of ways in which ICT can be used to radically improve the quality of pupils’ experience of learning history.
Table of Contents
1. What does it mean ‘to be good at ICT’ as a history teacher? Terry Haydn 2. The history utility belt: getting learners to express themselves digitally Neal Watkin 3. History wikis Ali Messer 4. Using discussion forums to support historical learning Arthur Chapman 5. Using Blogs and Podcasts in the history classroom Dan Lyndon 6. Documentary film making in the history classroom Richard Jones-Nerzic 7. We need to talk about PowerPoint Terry Haydn 8. ‘I am Spartacus’: making the most of the Spartacus website John Simkin 9. Signature pedagogies, assumptions and assassins: ICT and motivation in the History classroom Ben Walsh 10. Immersive learning in the history classroom: how social media can help meet the expectations of a new generation of learners Johannes Ahrenfelt 11. What can you do with an interactive whiteboard? Alf Wilkinson 12. Tools for the tech savvy history teacher Nick Dennis and Doug Belshaw 13. History Webquests Janos Blasszauer
Terry Haydn is Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia, UK.